MDI Presents…



The Artistic Takeover was a fabulous event that created the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of companies, sharing and working to produce a creative and inspired evening. The performance evening allowed for the audience to experience site specific works. This involved us walking around the Make space to follow works within the differing locations. The evening buzzed with lots of people and the interactive areas were so much fun, giving the audience time to laugh, chat and share experiences.

Love me…a tender duet

First we welcomed to the Beer Garden, Anoikis with their performance work ‘Love Me…a tender duet’. The performance was expressive and incorporated the use of props. This being a pole in the space and a black leather jacket that passed amongst the dancers throughout the performance, a clear resemblance of control and power. The jacket moved between the dancers, creating contact between them. The use of a pole created the illusion of a mike stand giving the dancers a further prop to create work and explore further techniques. The movement remained constant and repetitive and some additional development would have allowed for further interest. An interesting feature was the use of live music within the piece, using a DJ dek to produce distorted sound of Alvis Presley. This was creative and allowed for a new feature. The movement remained constant and further contact work was added, this gave more depth throughout the performance. We thank Anoikis for their performance within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.


Next within the Reception area, we welcomed Sole Rebel Tap and their work ‘Taproots’. The collaborative work was well presented and really gave a cohesive performance. The guitar playing and tap movement really meshed well, giving a successful performance that showed both these techniques elegantly. The movement was beautifully executed and the technique was flawless throughout the whole performance. The duet worked well together to create a clean performance, sections within the piece gave a slight improvised impression, however, this adding a nice effect. Thus giving more depth and a raw sense of passion to the performance. The tapper and guitarist remained in mental contact, using their bodies and eye contact to engage nicely with each other. The tap technique was really interesting using strong spins and tap wings to explore this discipline. There was a variety of choreographed techniques that were developed and explored, showing an interesting and well-presented work. The sound played within the performance was rhythmic and fluent, a sophisticated performance.  We thank Sole Rebel Tap for their work within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

Edge FWD

The next performance we welcomed to the Beer Garden, ‘Edge FWD’ from Edge Hill University. The all-male performance, dressed in matching white attire really gave a spectacular performance. A pleasing work that both impressed and excited the audience. A triple threat as the male group moved swiftly, sang beautifully and captured the audience with their ability to hold the space. The piece was well rehearsed and truly indulged the audience with its creative and clean material. It was clear and a pleasure to watch a cohesive group enjoy working together. The powerful work moving in unison and in a variety of multiple groups switching and changing gave depth and originality. With the use of both live music (a guitar player) and audio sound was perfectly chosen and created imagination. The movement was fluid, moving and scooping through the space. It was executed with such power and emotion. Contact work was expansive and explored a mix of techniques, from guiding each dancer to good use of weight, balance and trust. A friendly vibe was portrayed throughout the entirety of the performance, allowing for character and perfect technique. We thank Edge FWD for their fantastic work within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

(Bring your own beat)

Moving back to the reception space we welcomed Onur Orkut and his performance ‘(bring your own beat). This piece showing the effects of music on dance and within everyday life. An interesting concept of bringing your own music to the performance, this enabled new technique and new features to be created. The movement improvisation was fluid and continuous, beautifully executed. It was instigated after the performance that the work had no meaning or was to portray a story, this a refreshing take on choreography and movement material. It was a lovely and relaxed performance that did not have any pre-conceptions thus allowing for a natural piece to be performed. We thank Onur Orkut for his performance within the LEAP Dance Festival 207.

Rowena Gander

Within the same location, however a different space, we welcomed next, Rowena Gander and her performance work. Showing perfect and flawless technique, the material was beautifully choreographed and allowed for fluidity. The movement showed a creative use of dynamics and focus, giving the audience a stunning performance. The use of core control was clearly present, helping to create further fluidity and complex movement. The material was well thought out and the raw connection between pole and contemporary was excellently portrayed, showing the audience a different way in which to work with pole movement. As the performer moved in all directions, the audience placed around the dancer explored the piece from a variety of perspectives, thus giving differing viewpoints. This allowed us to experience the piece differently and gave us the ability to connect to movement however we wished. This was a nice idea in which explored strong techniques. The sound and lighting within the work really complimented the piece giving a pulsing effect that created depth and a fabulous atmosphere. The performance remained constant and as movement initiated movement a clear connection was born. We thank Rowena Gander for sharing her exquisite work within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

Eleno Vivar

As we moved into the main space, we welcomed Maria Malone and her work ‘Eleno Vivar’. Entering the space within a spotlight, the beautiful costume captured the audience. Also incorporating tap shoes into the performance, the material developed. Clicking with her hands, the movement material was further explored and the spoken word beautifully executed with conviction and confidence. Becoming a matador, fighting the wild beast the piece was expressive and created a story that held the audience. Although the material was nicely portrayed and creative, further development could have been explored in relation to space. The found sound, clicking, stomping and body tapping was striking, exploring and showing good technique and timing within the work. The piece was well rehearsed and the vocals were clear and precise. The performer was easy to listen to, enabling good communication and connection with the audience. We thank Maria Malone for her piece within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

Awaiting Acknowledgment

Within the main space of the Make Warehouse, we welcomed to the floor Adam John Roberts and his work ‘Awaiting Acknowledgment’. Showing a fantastic collaboration of both movement material and technology, the piece was performed with perfect accuracy and timing. The movement remained fluid throughout and allowed for a deep connection within the space. The techniques incorporated into the work were creative and the focus used within both video footage and live performance showed the up most standard. The theme of the work was accurately portrayed and showed great depth within movement style and interaction with props and technology. The differing angles represented from the objects in the space showed creativity and beautiful complexity. It was really exciting to see this type of work, giving the audience a variety of perspectives but from one location. The collaboration was stunning and created a natural and raw connection to both the performer himself and the audience. The performer rolled through the space using fall and release, the practise was executed with precise placement and was clearly well performed. At times, brighter lighting within the space may have been beneficial to allow movement to be more clearly seen. However, the movement remained elegant and detailed, remaining professional within the work. We thank Adam John Roberts for his performance within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Next in the space, we welcomed Felix Ologbosere and his work ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, with percussion and vocals by Clement Ule and Opeyemi Oyeyebi. The performance began with video footage projected onto the cyclorama. A well portrayed collaboration of footage, giving a clear insight into the work ahead. As the performer began scooping, arching and fluidly moving through the space, the movement was continuous and handsomely performed. The uplifting movement moved swiftly through the space, using a piece of material to develop further movement techniques. Whipping and creating circular motions with the white material this added dimension to the space, further giving connection to the theme. The movement was executed with perfect accuracy and the stillness and slow motion techniques used were subtle and beautifully elegant. Live music and vocals begun within the performance, a real treat for audience members. It is always exciting to be present for live music. It adds a natural atmosphere that in turn adds another dimension to the already existing space. The sound was collaborative and graceful, allowing for smooth transitions within the sound and movement. The performers changed instruments throughout the piece, really showing a vast amount of technique and performance skill. As we moved through the piece from section to section, we followed the theme gradually as it remained clear. Although at times, some sections became elongated, this development was interesting but caused some disjunction at times within the work. The solo held the space beautifully and the movement remained creative, allowing the arms to expand through the space, the torso engaged and very much engulfed the space showing fantastic spatial awareness. We thank Felix, Clement and Opeyemi for their work within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

‘Laughs, years and tears’

Finally we welcomed to the space choreographer Helen McCarron and Lauren Tucker with the performance piece ‘Laughs, years and tears’. With humour and creativity the piece portrayed wit and thought as the characters within the work were shown. From differing trends and social groups we witness a variety of attributes from multiple characters, allowing for a theme to progress and a strong connection with the audience. When working in unison the movement remained clear and precise, powerfully executed and performed with confidence. The material was intriguing and really grasped the audience’s attention as they incorporated the whole space, moving through the audience they became involved and allowed for further interest. The characters we encountered throughout the performance were precise, with much thought in costume, sound, personality and identity. There are section of the piece in which touch on the struggles to fit in within the social norm, using a mirror to allow for reflection the dancer pulls at her outfit and begins to viciously rub the face. Thus showing further character building and identities within High School years. The variety of costumes really gave a clear sense of characters and the movement was well thought out, giving vibrant contribution to the character. The sound was perfectly chosen and established a creative performance that had the audience in stiches. The use of scenery was also well chosen, giving the space depth and character allowing for a fabulous atmosphere. We thank Helen McCarron for her work within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017.

We thank all companies and artists for their contribution within the LEAP Dance Festival 2017, it was a spectacular evening that provoked thought and collaboration.

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